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I Have a Concern

Hospitalized in March for 7 days, now on oxygen at night only. Portable oxygen – doctor removed, I take that as a good thing.

I have a concern. After my release from the hospital I had swollen ankles/legs and pain for two nights. My doctor ordered vascular scan to rule out blood clots (no clots) and technician said I had good flow of blood. Next a heart scan and cardiologist says my heart is good. I have been on a diuretic and potassium for two months. Both legs look indented at top of calf, red and sore and still swollen. Need to know what caused this?

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  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi schallsa, your legs sound sore. It’s great to hear that you don’t have any blood clots and a good flow, also that the cardiologist said that your heart is good. I would sure ask your doc what they or he/she feels the cause is. There are different reasons for your edema, as well as the need for a diuretic and potassium.

    As Leon said, If you don’t get the answers that you are needing, feel free to seek a second opinion from a specialist. This can be a pulmonologist or other.

    Please let us know how you are doing and know that we are here for you.

    Janet Plank (moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi schallsa and thanks for your post. Although we cannot provide medical advice over the internet (for your own safety), your concern certainly warrants a comment. You never mentioned that you have COPD; although I’m presuming you do since you’re on our website. Despite the persistent symptoms you describe (red, sore, swollen and indented legs) and the medication you are on (a diuretic, potassium and even oxygen recently), you may want to seek out a second opinion from another specialist; possibly a pulmonologist and/or even a different cardiologist. There are many issues your symptoms can be indicative of and, if you do have COPD, they may be diagnosed by a more astute physician. I thought you might find it helpful to look over this material:
    It may provide you with some further insight and give you the incentive to find a more comprehensive physician.
    Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing,
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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